To improve your posture takes a little work and patience, but it will prevent pain in your back and enhance mobility. A Good posture means your body is positioned correctly. Your weight is evenly balanced so that the skeleton, muscles and ligaments aren’t strained.
Posture is essentially how you sit or stand. Good posture makes sure the muscles surrounding the spine are strong, well balanced and supporting the body equally. Improving your posture can help you look and feel better.
Bad posture can be caused by conditions that weaken one or more of the structures that support the body, such as the spine, back muscles, hips, shoulders, neck, and the abdominal wall. In certain cases, people are born with genetic conditions that can affect posture. In other cases, injuries from sports or other activities can affect posture of the body.
The solution to a good posture is the position of your spine. Your spine has three curves – at your neck, mid back, and low back. A correct posture should maintain these curves, in order to stop slouching or get relief from back pain.
Valuable Tips to Improve Your Posture
In this article we share valuable tips to help you improve your posture. They include the following;
- Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight can weaken your abdominal muscles, cause problems for your pelvis and spine, and contribute to lower back pain.
- Exercise Frequently— for at least 15 minutes daily to improve your posture and overall health by keeping active.
- Engage in simple stretching exercises.
- Try low impact exercises like yoga and pilates to help strengthen the support muscles in your back and stomach and improve your posture.
- Concentrate on strengthening your “core muscles” (torso and pelvis).
- Stand tall, by straightening your spine, moving your shoulders down to their natural resting position and breathing in to tighten your stomach muscles.
- Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
- If you must lift objects, do not try to lift objects that are awkward or are heavier than 30 pounds.
- Before you lift a heavy object, make sure you have firm footing.
- Make sure you lift using your hips, knees and thighs, not your back.
- Sleep in a position that helps you maintain the curve in your back (such as on your back with a pillow under your knees or on your side with your knees slightly bent).
- Do gentle head movements to help loosen tightened neck muscles that can cause bad posture. Try gently moving your head in small circles, or from front to back and side to side.
- Do not sleep on your side with your knees drawn up to your chest. You may want to avoid sleeping on your stomach, as this can cause back strain.